Saturday, August 27, 2011

For moms everywhere, on the Feast of St. Monica

Just about one year ago, when I spent 11 days in Rome, I had the chance to visit the Church of St. Augustine (seen here) multiple times since it was just around the corner from Santa Croce University, where I was attending a seminar for journalists.

In this beautiful church, complete with an altar and angels by Bernini and paintings by Raphael and Caravaggio, is the tomb of St. Augustine's mother, Monica, whose feast we celebrate today.

I knelt before her tomb, so grateful just to be in Rome, and whispered prayers for all the moms who had asked me to remember their intentions while I was in the Eternal City. And I prayed for mothers everywhere, because no matter what our background, no matter how much we do, we often think its not enough, that we are not enough.

So today, as then, I am remembering all the moms I know and those I don't, praying we find the patience and strength we need to live out our vocations fully and joyfully and that we also have eyes to see not only where we think we fall short but where we are doing our best -- teaching our children, serving our families, trusting in God -- day after day, year after year.

I remembered all of you this morning as I said Morning Prayer, and I will remember you again in just a little while when I go to Mass. Please remember me in your prayers as well. And let us turn to St. Monica for comfort when we do come up against those hard times and wonder how we will get through. She was living proof that the power of persistent prayer can change lives -- our own and those of our children.


The Wild Optimist said...

This is a lovely post- and thank you! For the thought, for the prayers and for parsing it out so well. Your fellow moms are doubly blessed by this AND the petitions you presented. I will certainly whisper your name when I go tomorrow evening:)

Janette Dolores said...

Thank you for reminding us to keep in mind an important aspect of our lives as mothers--to remember where we do our best. Too many dedicated, loving moms--myself included--concentrate on where we fall short much more than where we stand tall in our children's lives. Children do as we do, not as we say, and we definitely want our children to grow up knowing which areas of their lives can use improvement, and in which areas they should allow themselves to celebrate a (balanced) sense of accomplishment.

Blessings to mothers everywhere, and happy Feast of St. Monica!

Michele B. said...

Thanks, Mary. I needed this post today especially. God Bless You.